Tuesday, 29th August, 2006 08:21:39am
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- 1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of
- Through a cousin.
- 2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
- Family started getting involved. Lot of family pressure. Four cousins, uncle, aunt. People there were nice to me. I was 17 and as confused as most that age.
- 3. Were there problems in your life that you thought
scientology would address?
- Education, pimples (yes, really), getting along with girls
- 4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't
seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were
they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
- THey claimed they could make people super but I never saw a super power. I was told that asking the super people directly about their powers was poor manners. I put this aside because of my respect for my family and because many of the people there had it more together than I. Even as I joined staff I didn't believe that they could do what they said they could. I was quite lost, though, and the cult seemed welcoming.
- 5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of
- My cousins put on a lot of pressure.
- 6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or
an org? Were you ever in the Sea Org or OSA? Which unit? If not on
staff, did you ever volunteer to 'help out'?
- Mostly public. I was on staff just long enough to say, 'I quit'. It was an org. I did not volunteer to help out.
- 7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a
- Millions of reasons. There were several final straws. 1. Being pressured to buy expensive books as soon as I joined staff. 2. Being sent to 'ethics' for a comment while I was trying to complete a course, making it impossible to complete the course. Then, when I returned, the course supervisor said I could complete it if I was 'Tone 40' about completing it. She was nuts. 3. Seven years later I phoned them asking to put a note on the bulletin board to sell my books which I would never use again. The person on the other end told me to 'come on down' which wasn't easy for me. I lived in another city. Parking around the org was difficult. When I came down he wouldn't put my ad up on a bulletin board. He just wanted to sell me scientology. It was only at that point that I verbally attacked him and them.
- 8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some
of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those
practices affect your life?
- Hubbard helped me a little but mostly filled my head with destructive nonsense. Change some of its practices? Most of it is just destructive nonsense. It could keep parts of auditing and change its name to 'client centred psychotherepy' and charge much, much less for it.
- 9. If the items you listed in the previous question were
changed, would you consider rejoining or staying in the Church of
Scientology? If so, why?
- 10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
- This was all happening 35 years ago. I doubt that much has changed. Hubbard words are not written in stone, they are written in Titanium which lasts longer than stone.